As my students of the past will attest, the Social Studies Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) is the core of my class. Without it, a student cannot be successful. Students take notes from various readings, use Thinking Maps to visualize information, and summarize information within the ISN's pages. Once the course is over in May, students should retain their ISN for use in high school. However, some students struggle with the ISN's functionality. Below are examples of ISN pages. Please note, the odd page numbers are always on the right and even page numbers are always on the left of a standard size, college-lined notebook. The right side pages contain learning objectives and notes; whereas the left side pages contain the Thinking Map and summary.